Summer Fun in Milwaukee: The Pleasant Experiences of Bradford Beach

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Bradford beach attracts thousands of fun loving people throughout the summer, not only from Wisconsin, but from all over the United States. Downtown Milwaukee just wouldn’t be the same without the excitement and glamour of such beautiful landmark.

It stretches from the East Side, near the University of Wisconsin, toward downtown, passing the Milwaukee Art Museum all the way to Discovery World Science and Technology Museum. Each section of the beach offers the most wonderful views.

The crowd is beginning to grow. The weather is a breezy seventy degrees with bright sunshine dodging from behind the clouds every two or three minutes. At this section of the beach, you get a clear view of the beach front from a high ridge in a park on the east side, not too far from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

The Beach & the Staircase

To get to the beach, where you can feel the sand between your toes and walk along the lake shore, you must descend down a group of steep staircases. Walking down may be an exciting adventure, but walking back up could take fifteen minutes or more, depending on how physically fit you are.

On the beach, people appear to be relaxed and laid back. Some are lying on their backs with a tiles underneath them, wearing sunglasses, and sucking up the sun. A cool breeze rushes over my body, blowing through my muscle shirt, feeling good.

Aerial Photography of People Near Seashore and Green Body of Water

Other people are walking along the lake shore. Several children are wading and swimming in waist deep water, seemingly enjoying the gifts of nature.

I sit and observe humanity having fun. I cherish this day. It is just beginning.

Beautiful East Side Homes of the Wealthy

On my way to the next section of Bradford beach, I walked along the streets of the east side of Milwaukee. Wealthy homes were in alignment on both the right and left of the sidewalk. Sometimes during the walk to the lake front I would run into a couple of friendly Jewish Rabbis taking a leisurely stroll around the beautiful environment.

The lawns were extraordinarily green with neatly cut grass. Most homes had flowers flourishing somewhere within the yard. My dream was to someday have a home such as these.

Bradford beach

Nevertheless, strolling through these communities gave me a sense of peace and beauty, resulting in a heightened consciousness.

As I leave these beautiful homes behind, my the center of interest is a unique section of the lakefront, just before you get to the next area of Bradford Beach. From here you can observe the blue waters of Lake Michigan. In this location, a group of trees provides shade for picnic-driven families who desire a quieter place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Lakefront.

Away from the crowd, families and their children can play without invading the space of others who may be relaxing on the beach.

The Middle Section of Bradford Beach

I stepped into the soft sand and walked along the outer edges of the beach. This section of Bradford beach was the most interesting and exciting part. Here beach goers relaxed on tiles and in chairs, rubbing themselves with suntan lotion. Friends and families ran in and out of the lake laughing and splashing each other with water.

What made this long section of the beach most interesting was row after row of volley ball nets as well as the hundreds of fun lovers who played the game.

I stood upon a platform looking out over the beach, which stretched for nearly a half mile. Spacious and wide, the beach always entertained a large crowds with highly energetic and athletic young people ready to get rowdy.

Making Friends, Playing Games  and Eating Deliciously

If you have a great degree of social affinity, you can meet a lot of fun loving people who would delight in throwing a Frisbee to you or including you in game of causal volleyball.

If you do decide to work up a sweat playing games, you will undoubtedly get hungry. Midways along the beach is a large food stand, serving a variety of food and drink, ranging from hot dogs and Pepsi’s to cheese covered pretzels and ice cream cones.

beach friends

However, you might as well introduce yourself to a stranger or two while waiting in a long food line. It’s OK. After all, you are there to have fun with others.

The Hang Out

If you aren’t an avid beach bum, then to the right of the beach, is a park surrounded by a parking lot where people hang out under shade trees near the lake shore and rock piles facing the blue waters of lake Michigan. You can sit upon the rocks and watch sail boat breeze by with beautiful sails gliding through the winds.

In this area, you will find an additional food place with the same services as the larger one located on next door on the sands of Bradford beach.

Woman Lying on White Sand Beach

After leaving this areas, you will approach the final section of Bradford beach, an areas where you can not only relax in the sand, but also picnic with family and friends. Sometimes, I meet up with people I know who invite me to join the picnic for a hamburger or hot dog with a soda.

Relation, Picnics and Walking the Pier

What makes the last section highly interesting is that lovers can walk far out on the pier and dream of spending their years together in heavenly bliss.

Soft winds blow in the faces of those walking on the pier. However, when its super windy, you’ll surely get wet as the waves splash up to your waist. Sometimes it can be downright dangerous to even walk out into the lake.

White and Brown Sea Dock

If you are not in the mood for a picnic and or a recreational moment on the beach, you can go fishing via the mariner. Register your boat and slide it down into the lake and race out into the middle of Lack Michigan where you can fish. Catch a big one and bring it back for weighing. You may be the one who break a record.

Big and small fishing boats come and go throughout the day, especially on the weekends when contests are an ongoing lake front activity in the summertime.

Visiting Bradford beach will give you the most wonderful experience, especially in the summertime when it is surrounded by a variety of festivals, art shows, and kite flying tournaments. Bradford beach is beaming with excitement and recreational vitality from the month of April to August to mid-September.


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